Breakfasts are my most important meal of the day. I cant miss it for anything. I would actually not miss any meal of the day if given a choice. If anything, I have to eat breakfast within an hour of waking, that’s the maximum i can hold out for!! Poha always eluded me, turning into a mush each time i tried to make it. I realised it was because for ages i was buying the wrong kind of poha (beaten/ flattened rice) how silly!! goes to show how keenly i read food labels!! Anyways, since i began buying the right kind, i love making poha. With or vegetables, its always very satisfying and ready in no time. This is a turn on the classic aloo poha, with the addition of frozen peas.
Poha with Potato and Peas(serves 2)
1 cup poha (beaten rice)
1 onion, chopped
1 potato, boiled and chopped small
1/3 cup or a handful of peas (i used frozen, you can use fresh too)
2-3 tablespoons peanuts, with the skins on
1 tablespoon oil
a pinch of turmeric
a few curry leaves
1 green chilly slit and chopped
fresh coriander for garnish
2 teaspoons lemon juice
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin and mustard seeds
Rinse the poha in a colander or a wide soup strainer, hold it up till all the water is drained. Toss it around lightly but dont mix with a spoon.
In a wide skillet/ kadai, heat the oil. Add the mustard and cumin seeds, curry leaves and slit green chilli. Fry till the mustard pops. add the peanuts and fry till they turn dark brown, add the onions, boiled and chopped potatoes and peas and fry till the onions begin to turn translucent. Add the turmeric powder. Cover and cook for a minute till the peas are half done. Add the rinsed rice flakes, sprinkle the salt, toss in the fresh coriander and toss a bit with a light hand. sprinkle a tablespoon of water from top, turn off the heat and cover for a minute or so. Toss once again lightly, spoon onto a plate or a bowl, add the lemon juice and serve hot.